The plane with security guards and journalists accompanying South African President Cyril Ramaphos was not given permission to take off from Warsaw, according to the South African edition of News24. He was supposed to go to St. Petersburg.
The President of South Africa himself arrived in Poland on another aircraft. The guards and the presidential pool, which arrived in Warsaw on June 15, were supposed to follow Ramaphosa to Kyiv, and then go with him to St. Petersburg. But as a result, the board went back to Pretoria.
According to the Polish media, he was detained due to the fact that Ramaphosa guards were trying to unload 12 boxes of weapons from the plane. Therefore, the Polish border guards forbade everyone who was in it to leave it. Major General Wally Rude, head of the South African presidential security service, accused the country's authorities of "deliberate sabotage" and racism.
As a result, Ramaphosa went to Kyiv without most of his guards and South African journalists. There, he, as part of a delegation of leaders of seven African countries, proposed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a plan to end the war. On June 17, representatives of the same delegation will meet in St. Petersburg with Russian President Vladimir Putin.